Windows XP introduced a different ordering method when sorting
numeric file listings in Windows Explorer. Instead of sorting
character-by-character in the file name, any numeric string is now
handled as a number.
If you have folders whose name contains digits, the sort order
is different in Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP. In Windows
2000, the following file and folder names are sorted as shown:
In Windows XP, the same files and folders are sorted as:
To change this behaviour, follow the next steps:
- Open the Registry Editor click on the Start button on
your taskbar, then click on Run and type "regedit"
and click on OK to start the regedit utility.
(see picture 1).
- Create a new DWORD value named "NoStrCmpLogical"
and set it to "1" to use the Windows 2000 sorting
- The modifications you made will be in effect after you reboot
Note: This tweak is available only with Windows XP
Service Pack 1 or greater installed on the system.